The Hermitage is a one and a half story wood-frame house that was constructed in three stages. In 1699, John Thoroughgood built a house on property he inherited. When the Moseley family acquired the house ca. 1820, they doubled the size of the dwelling, added a federal-style crown molding and recessed panel wainscoting throughout the house, and a central passage. More modern additions accompanied the house in 1940 when indoor plumbing and a kitchen was added. There are also three outbuildings and a subterranean brick cistern that is a part of the basement. The original property remained a working farmhouse until the mid-1950s, when it then transitioned to more modern residential development.
Backstory and Context
On June 24, 1635, Adam Thoroughgood’s land patent was granted by the Privy Council of England for a piece of land near the western branch of the Lynnhaven River. He served in the House of Burgesses and Governor’s Council, dying in 1640. His son, Lt. Col. Adam Thoroughgood 2 inherited the land and estate. The inherited land was then divided among his six sons in the 1670s. His oldest son, Argall, received the manor house and lands. His second oldest son, John, received the Hermitage property and built his own house.
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